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1.  Overture
2.  Jerry

Written by John Mellencamp

Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
He's right outside of my window
He acts like a madman from time to time
I hope he brings it to a crescendo soon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon

Jerry rides his skateboard down the street
He's thirty-seven years old with six children
He sees the world through a ten year old boy's eyes
He doesn't even notice that it's raining outside
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon

But sometimes he cries
He wants me to console him
But I know that he's lying about everything he's told me

Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Says he's prepared to suffer the consequences
What is his penalty for his immaturity
Will he be cast into eternal darkness
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Jerry's yelling at the man in the moon
Man in the moon
Man in the moon
Man in the moon
Man in the moon




Written by John Mellencamp and George Green

In a hand painted night, me and Gypsy Scotty are partners
At the Hotel Flamingo, wearin' black market shoes
This loud Cuban band is crucifying John Lennon
No one wants to be lonely, no one wants to sing the blues

She's perched like a parrot on his tuxedo shoulder
Christ, what's she doing with him she could be dancing with me
She stirs the ice in her glass with her elegant finger
I want to be what she's drinking, yeah I just want to be

(Chorus)
I saw you first
I'm the first one tonight
I saw you first
Don't that give me the right
To move around in your heart
Everyone was lookin'
But I saw you first

On a moon-spattered road in her parrot rebozo
Gypsy Scotty is driving his big long yellow car
She flies like a bird over his shoulder
She whispers in his ear, boy, you are my star

(Chorus)
But I saw you first
I'm the first one tonight
Yes I saw you first
Don't that give me the right
To move around in your heart
Everyone was lookin'

In the bone colored dawn, me and Gypsy Scotty are singin'
The radio is playin', she left her shoes out in the back
He tells me a story about some girl he knows in Kentucky
He just made that story up, there ain't no girl like that

(Chorus)
But I saw you first
I'm the first one tonight
Yes I saw you first
Don't that give me the right
To move around in your heart
Everyone was lookin'
But I saw you first
I saw you first
I saw you first




Written by John Mellencamp

Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato
Call me up every single day
They don't work and they don't want to
Come on down to some damn cafe

Bobie Doll tells me "live in the moment"
Don't get too far ahead - don't live in the past
I blink my eyes and the moment is over
I guess another day has passed

(Chorus)
But it's just another day
It's just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that's alright with me
And it's just another day

Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato
Always there with their free advice
They've got pearl handled pistols underneath their vests
They want me to go out drinkin' with them tonight

(Chorus)
But it's just another day
It's just another day
Watchin' girls on the street
Well, that's alright with me
And it's just another day

You've got clean white sheets in the mornin'
Conversation all afternoon
Bobie Doll and Big Jim Picato, baby
And me and you

(Chorus)
But, it's just another day
Just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that's alright with me
And it's just another day

(Chorus)
Well it's just another day
It's just another day
Watching girls on the street
Well, that's alright with me
And it's just another day




Written by John Mellencamp and George Green

Please be quiet, everyone's asleep
Yeah Stella's locked her door and she's requested some peace
She teaches the English at the American school
She teaches imaginary numbers and the golden rules
She says it's hard to worry about the future
When your past is knocking at your door
Sweet mistakes and information
Have been her lovers before

(Chorus)
Hello, all you losers
Yeah you've got nothing to fear (but fear itself)
This may not be the end of the world
But you can see it from here

She runs the motors and the music
On the carousel ride
She catches the children on the horses
As they fall through the rye
It's hard to see the future
When your back is bending over your shoes
It's hard holding on to nothing
When you've got nothing to lose

(Chorus)
Hello, all you losers
Yeah you've got nothing to fear (but fear itself)
This may not be the end of the world
But you can see it from here

I guess you heard about Ol' PeeWee
We had to tear his playhouse down down down
Then they put him in the electric chair
We'll have some fun now

When you see her, give her some compliments on her looks
She'll be wearing a Mardi Gras dress
Coming after you with words and books
We've given you the best seats in the house
So don't be late
St. Peter is at the door
And he ain't no man to wait

(Chorus)
Hello, all you losers
You've got nothing to fear (but fear itself)
This may not be the end of the world
But you can see it from here
(Can see it from here)
(Can see it from here)

(Chorus)
Hello, all you losers
Yeah you've got nothing to fear (but fear itself)
This may not be the end of the world
But you can see it from here
You can see it from here
You can see it from here
Yeah you've got it here
Yeah you can see it from here
Yeah you can see it from here
You can see it from here
You can see it from here
Yeah you can see it from here
Hey you can see it from here




Written by Toby Myers

(Sally in the roses)
I woke up today
Everything's on my shoulders
I never told her
Such emotional love

I hear what you say
Yes I owe ya
But I don't know ya
And I smash soldiers with love

I'll come there today
To your station
It's recreation
This passing notion of love

I hear what you say
It's demonstration
Crossing oceans above
Crossing oceans above

Hand on my shoulder
Like I told her
I control ya
Crossing oceans above
Sally in the roses
What she knows is
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love

Not for beginners
Or Sunday sinners
Court disasters
A.J. just killed his love

Who's on the left and right
Lonely days and nights
Who's your master
When gods pass motions above
I hear what you play
On your station
Smashing Soldiers with love
Crossing oceans above
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love

I woke up today
Everything's on my shoulders
I never told her
Such emotional love
I hear what you say
Yes I know ya
But I don't owe ya
And I smash soldiers with love
I'll come there today
To your station
It's recreation
This passing notion of love
Is crossing oceans above
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love
Such emotional love




Written by John Mellencamp

The president he's a pretty nice guy
I'd like to take him out to dinner sometime
Drive around in his motorcade
Talk about those bills that ain't been paid
And maybe later on, just for fun,
We'll shoot off his submachine gun
We'll shoot out the sky, shoot out the sea
Shoot out those dreams about you and me

Take my hand girl, I know where you've been
Up the flag pole and back down again
Walk on water or sink or swim
When you're with me

Her majesty, the Queen, is a pretty nice babe
And I'd like to take her down to St. Petersburg someday
Hang around with her friends and old Joe Kennedy
After dinner I might give her a squeeze
Then we'll just see how blue her blood really is
And in the morning she can introduce me to her kids

Take my hand girl, I know where you've been
Up the flag pole and back down again
Walk on water or sink or swim
When you're with me

Well our lord Jesus he wants me to pray
So I do every single day
I don't know if I'm coming in very clear
Supposedly he can hear me from here
And sometimes he gives me a little relief
When I'm down here on my knees
But there's no redemption on judgment day
For people like you and me

Take my hand girl, I know where you've been
Up the flag pole and back down again
Walk on water or sink or swim
When you're with me
Look out
You’re with me




Written by John Mellencamp

I've ridden down Sunset
I drank expensive wine
I've been married two dozen times
Raised ten children on a workman's pay
And I'm glad to say I've enjoyed everyday
Of the full catastrophe of life

I've sat in courtrooms
had people call me names
I've been to London town
On a supersonic plane
I was lovin' your wife
While you were lovin mine
And I'm glad to say I've enjoyed everyday
Of the full catastrophe of life

I've opened my belt to trouble everyday
Ain't looking for a fight
But you know I won't run away
From the full catastrophe of life

I've seen the goodness
I've known the baddest around
I was tattooed when it first came out
I shook the hand that showed Moses the way
And I'm glad to say I've enjoyed everyday
Of the full catastrophe of life




Written by John Mellencamp and George Green

There may come a day when you grow weary
Troubled waters stain the paper cup
From other venues, other voices carry
Spilled dreams soaking into thirsty dust

Maybe then and there you'll find another
Lover with a blank and empty heart
Filled with breath and old sails to discover
Strength to push the seas apart

On the day we met
I began to want you
On the day we met
I began to lose you too
Both of us circling round the moon
Both of us circling round the moon

There may come a day when you feel anger
China cracked and glued by clumsy hand
Veins of memory touching only hunger
the heart devours what it cannot understand

On the day we met
I began to want you
On the day we met
I began to lose you too
Both of us circling round the moon
Both of us circling round the moon

Maybe it was then I saw my future
Saw it as a shadow on the ground
Beneath the earth old nails to discover
Strength to hold my body down

On the day we met
I began to want you
On the day we met
I began to lose you too
Both of us circling round the moon

On the day we met
I began to want you, want you
On the day we met
I began to lose you too
Both of us circling round the moon
The both of us circling round the moon
Both of us circling round the moon
On the day we met
I began to want you, want you want you
On the day we met I began to lose you to
Both of us circling round the moon
Both of us circling round the moon
Both of us circling round the moon




Written by John Mellencamp

Someday this will all be over
Nothing lasts forever
Thank God for change
I love you now, we should stay together
No one's crying about a single thing

Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can
Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can

You may sleep where your lover leads you
Come and brush these crumbs from my bed
Tell me the truth, I will never leave you
I'll be happy by the baby's bed

Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can
Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can

When this world becomes an ocean
We will find the desert
Right next to the pig's tail
And watch the summer sun

Corrugated roofs with little white houses
Hide the dogs that walk on three legs
Someday this will all be over
No one's playing that pissin game

Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can
Large world turning
No one can see the end

Large world turning
No one sees the end
No one sees the end
Large world turning
Live while you can
Live while you can




Written by John Mellencamp

I'd like to buy you a cabin cruiser
And we could sail around with our time
I'd like to get you, a southern mansion
And we could burn it down, down to the ground

But I'm movin' on down
To Jackamo Road
Down my way through Georgia
And all the points unknown
Yeah, I'm going to heaven
I'll come back to get you
Someday, someday, someday




Written by John Mellencamp

Life is hard anyway you cut it
Life is sweet, like a berry from a tree
Life is temptation, baby, every single day
Life is hard

Life is funny, I don't mean ha-ha
It's not always sunny, when it needs to be
Life is frightening, nothing lasts forever
Life is hard

My time
Is next to nothing
My time
Falls on you, yeah
Everything
Is in motion
Life is hard

Life is precious, no matter how you see it
Life is crazy, like yellow fishes in the street
Life is lonely when you're not with me
Life is hard

Gentlemen
Is that you story?
Hanging religion from a tree, yeah
My time is next to nothing
Life is hard

My time
Is next to nothing
My time
Falls on you, yeah
Everything
Is in motion
Life is hard
Hard
Hard
Hard
My time
Falls on you, yeah
Life is hard
Life is hard



13.  What If I Came Knocking (Live in Chicago - Bonus Track)

ALBUM CREDITS:

John Mellencamp: Vocals and guitar, producer, mixer
Mike Wanchic: Guitars, dobro, background vocals, mellotron, organ, mandolin, producer, mixer
Andy York: Guitars, background vocals, chamberlain, organ, harmonica, mandolin, mellotron, percussion, mixer
Toby Jeffery Myers: Bass, background vocals, keyboards, percussion
Kenny Aronoff: Drums, percussion, loops, vibes
Moe Z. M.D.: Loops, organ, backing vocals, programmer
Raphael Saadiq: Bass, backing vocals
Miriam Sturm: Violin, arrangement of overture and old people talking about happiness
Milton Davis: Bass
Jimmy Ryser: Violin, backing vocals, and peep show
Lonnie Pitchford: Slide Guitar
Pat Peterson: Backing vocals
Jeff Pederson: Organ
Harvey Phillips: Tuba
Tim Riggins: Trombone
Dennis Riggins: Sax
Susie Ronson: Laughter

PRODUCTION CREDITS:

Produced by: Little Bastard (aka John Mellencamp)
Co-Produced by: Mike Wanchic, Junior Vasquez
Engineered by: David Leonard, Justin Niebank, Marc Goodman, P. Dennis Mitchell
Programmers: Gomi, Moe Z. M.D. and Joe Maskowitz
Assistant Engineer: Rick Fettig
Mixed by: David Leonard, John Mellencamp, Mike Wanchic, Junior Vasquez and Andy York
Recorded at Belmont Mall Studio, Belmont, Indiana
Mixed at: The Hit Factory, New York City, New York
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig
Mastered at: Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
Loops, grooves, percussion and other monkey business: Junior Vasquez
Photography: Mary Ellen Mark
Back Cover Photo: Samuel Bayer
Art Direction and Design: Corsillo/Manzone-Design Monsters
Kids on album cover: Justice and Hud Mellencamp
Boy-dog: Speck Mellencamp
Hair: Helena Occhipinti
Makeup: Craig Gatson - We'll miss you
Management: Left Bank Management
Personal Management: Harry Sandler
Booking Agency: Creative Artists Agency

"Everyone in the sessions contributed to these arrangements of these songs. Each day had a new and interesting value. Everyone worked hard and had some laughs. Old Junior was especially entertaining. Special thanks goes to Junior, Moe Z., David and young Andrew. It was nice to have Roberta and Elaine in the studio from time to time. They sure helped brighten up the room. I think this is my fourteenth album, and I've never seen the band more focused or having so much fun. I am a very fortunate man."
John Mellencamp - 1996

 

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